You have been riding the London Ferris Wheel for 17 minutes and 30 seconds, and the diameter of the wheel is 450 feet. What is your height above the ground at this time? Any help would be appreciated i am not sure how to go about doing this problem.
You have been riding the London Ferris Wheel for 17 minutes and 30 seconds, and the diameter of the wheel is 450 feet. What is your height above the ground at this time? Any help would be appreciated i am not sure how to go about doing this problem.
You can find the angle you're at relative to the bottom of the wheel by $\displaystyle \dfrac{\alpha}{360} = \dfrac{17.5}{30}$
Using the middle of the wheel as a point we can say that the sum of the angles around it is 360 degrees.
$\displaystyle \theta = 360 - \alpha - 90$
You can then construct a right angled triangle using $\displaystyle \theta$ as your angle. At your point you are $\displaystyle h + r$ feet above the ground where $\displaystyle h = r \sin \theta$
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P is the point you're at
Hello, sydewayzlocc!
You have been riding the London Ferris Wheel for 17 minutes and 30 seconds,
and the diameter of the wheel is 450 feet. It makes one revolution every 30 minutes.
What is your height above the ground at this time?Code:* * * A*----*B * * \ | * * \ | * 225\@| * \| * * *O * * | * | * |225 * * | * * | * * * * C
The wheel turns $\displaystyle 360^o$ every 30 minutes: $\displaystyle 12^o$ per minute.
In 17.5 minutes, it has turned $\displaystyle 210^o\!:\;\theta \:=\:\angle AOB = 30^o$
Hence: .$\displaystyle BO \:=\:225\cos30^o \:=\:\dfrac{225\sqrt{3}}{2}$
Therefore: .$\displaystyle BO \;=\;225+\dfrac{225\sqrt{3}}{2} \;=\;\dfrac{225}{2}(2 + \sqrt{3})\text{ ft.}$